A San Francisco cosmetics company has ignited an outcry among pro-lifers for including an unexpected ingredient in its anti-aging creams: skin-cell proteins from an aborted fetus.
by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2006
London, England (LifeNews.com) — Women from around the world are traveling to clinics in various locations that are now offering face lifts and cosmetic surgery using tissue from babies who have been killed by abortions.
Pro-life advocates are strongly condemning the practice and saying the taking of human life is never warranted — especially for such a self-serving purpose.
Women like Susan Barrington, a 52-year-old housewife from England, are heading to places such as Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Moscow and Rotterdam to obtain the treatments.
She has been given the final go-ahead form a local clinic to travel abroad for the treatment that promises to make her look 10 years younger and doesn’t mind that lives have been sacrificed to enhance her beauty.
To produce the treatments, clinics are using tissue from babies killed in abortions from 6 to 12 weeks into pregnancy and stem cells obtained from destroying human embryos to inject into a client’s face. The fetal cells then begin a supposed rejuvenation process that makes the skin look younger.
To obtain the cells, women in underdeveloped nations are paid up to $200 dollars to carry a baby up to the optimum eight to 12 week period when the fetuses are “harvested” for their stem cells which are then sold to exclusive cosmetic clinics.
Both pro-life advocates and scientists who favor stem cell research are upset by the promotion of these injections.
UK stem-cell researcher Colin Blakemore told the London Daily Mail newspaper that the therapies are “highly experimental” and risk damaging the reputation of legitimate stem cell researchers.
He also complained that these clinics were located in tourist destinations and unregulated by any international body.
“And if anything goes wrong afterwards, it is hushed up to prevent damage to the business,” he told the newspaper.
In a statement given to LifeNews.com, Concerned Women for America condemned scientists for using tissue from abortions and embryonic stem cells for the treatments.
“This fad illustrates the extremes to which embryonic stem cell use can lead,” CWA senior fellow, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, said. “It is hard to believe that such atrocities are going on today.”
“The ethical and moral ramifications of such treatments are staggering; the experimental aspects are equally troubling,” Crouse explained.
“Not only is the origin of the fetuses immoral and inhumane; there are medical problems and complications associated with the injections,” Crouse concluded. “This savage and repulsive ‘brave new world’ of human sacrifices in the quest for eternal youth is a prime example of the end results when all moral boundaries are destroyed.”
Some of the clinics include the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Barbados where injections are done using tissue from aborted babies. The clinic is located in the luxurious Villa Nova hotel, where American and Russian scientists have targeted upper class British and American women.
More than 50 clinics exist in Moscow, the Russian capital, including the Cellulite Clinic. There, cells from a wide range of sources including aborted babies and human embryos are used.